The saying: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” is never truer than when you submit your resume. A great resume can open many different doors for your career, but an inferior one can just as quickly close one. In fact, there are many people who inadvertently put themselves in a disadvantage, simply because of the information they choose to include on their resume.
It’s not that the information is bad. It’s just not needed. You know, the hiring manager spend their whole day receiving and reading CVs. Who has enough time for spending 30 minutes on each one? If your resume is too long, it will discourage them and chances are they won’t read it until the end.
With this in mind, the following list is items should not be in your resume, otherwise it will make your resume clutter:
The word “Resume”
Looking at your resume, who wouldn’t know what kind of document it is? No need to waste your paper to label your resume “resume”. One more thing adding, remember to name your resume by your own name so the recruiter will recognize whose resume is in seconds.
If you applied, it’s already obviously you want the job. It’s wiser to leave an objective off your resume or use a profile than use objective statement which doesn’t correspond well with the focus of the target job.
There is no need to include any private information beyond your email, adress, phone number such as your marital status, religious preference, etc. I also recommend removing your hobbies from resume. Who cares about it? Unless your hobbies are actually related to the that job, you are merely wasting your resume estate.
Believe it or not, people still judge a book by its cover, if you don’t want to lose your chance to your dreaming jobs simply because of your appearance, then it’s time to remove the picture of you. More than that, submitting your personal picture on a resume is considered unprofessional. An exception should be if you were applying for a modeling or active job, where appearances inform hiring decision.